By Alex Glenn
After the traditional Senior Night Ceremonies involving Collin Wagner, Blake Jones, Ryan Misiura, Damein Casanova, Peter Forestieri, and Eric Pennella, Andrew Sukanick moved to the mound to start off the matchup between the Falcons and the Rough Riders.
The first couple innings would result in no score for either side, then at the bottom of the 3rd the falcons took flight. After Catty going three and out in the top, Salisbury would score 4 runs which would result in the first lead of the night.
The 4th inning resulted in 2 more runs for the falcons after another Catasauqua shutout. The Falcons scored yet again in the 6th making the score 7-0. The Falcons then shutdown Catty yet again in the 7th, making the final score 7-0 Salisbury.
Pitcher Andrew Sukanick threw a shutout with only allowing 3 hits on the whole night. On the offensive side of things, 1st baseman Damein Casanova went go 3 for 3 at the plate making his senior night a night to remember.
By Alex Glenn
The Falcons (2 – 5) traveled to Limeport stadium to battle rival Southern Lehigh (7-1). The Falcons have been on a 5 game losing streak and what better way to break it then to take down the number one team in the colonial league.
Pitcher Andrew Sukanick was on the mound to start against the Spartans, and he didn’t hesitate to turn on the heat. Going into the game Sukanick said he knew his arm was ready to go. “It was just one of those days where you’re hitting all the spots in warm ups and you’re feeling really good” is what he told the SHS press.
The first 3 innings saw no action as both teams failed to get any runs on the board. The fourth, however, saw action from both sides. Salisbury found their momentum as they scored 3 runs, and took the lead for the first time of the night. Southern Lehigh answered with a run of their own making the score 3-1 Salisbury at the end of the 4th inning.
The fifth inning brought another stalemate, since both teams were unable to get anything started. In the 6th, the Falcons managed to put another run on the scoreboard, making the score 4 – 1 at the end of the 6th. Sukanick then finally came out of the game, after pitching over 100 pitches on the night. After asking him about his performance on the night, he said “I felt that my pitching in this game was the best i’ve pitched in a while” since he had an ERA of 0.00, 9 strikeouts, and he only gave up 2 hits which is quite impressive indeed.
The 7th inning resulted in both sides remaining scoreless which gave Salisbury the upset victory.
By CJ Wittman
At Bankers Life Fieldhouse Arena in Indiana, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers fought for game 4 of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Tied at 100, Thaddeus Young put Indiana up 2 with a putback bucket, coming from a missed FG from Paul George. With just 68 seconds left to play, Lebron James cocked back at the three point line, and drained it to take the lead 103-102. After a missed three and turnover from the Pacers’ Paul George, the Cavs take the series 4-0. The stats for the game were almost identical, but key plays such as James’ chasedown block on Thaddeus Young gave the Cavaliers the upper hand to win.
Game 4 the Pacers gave it their all, but couldn’t stop the experience of Lebron James. James has never lost a first round playoff series, standing at 12-0. Lebron also has 21 consecutive wins in the first round, the most for any player since 1984. James’ productivity has lead him and his teams to six straight NBA Finals, and counting.
If anyone has a better chance of winning the Finals, it’s the Cavs. Lebron James has proved it over the years, and is making his presence again this year. The Cavs will go on to face either the Chicago Bulls or the Boston Celtics, who are tied at 2-2 in the series.
By CJ Wittman
Game 2 of the 7 game first round playoff series was taken by Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at their home court. The Cavs now lead the Eastern Conference playoffs 2-0 over the Indiana Pacers. Game 2 was filled with playoff like intensity, but the Pacers couldn’t stop Cleveland’s offense from rolling. Kyrie Irving lead the Cavs with 37 points; Kevin Love added 27 and Lebron James had 25. Most of the game was lead by Cleveland, but Indiana put up a good fight.
Paul George made 32 points, and helped the Pacers come just shy of a playoff win. Jeff Teague made 8-12 field goals, and shot for 23 points. Thaddeus Young added to it with 16. Game 1 was decided from a final shot, and game 2 only by only 6 points. For the Pacers, it is going to be tough to stop the Cavaliers now. James and the Cavs have the experience to get it done, but can Indiana derail the train?
The Cavaliers will head to Indiana Thursday to play game 3 of the playoffs. Coming back from a 3-0 lead is unlikely, especially against the veteran Cavaliers, so if the Pacers want to advance in the playoffs, game 3 is a must win in order to do it. If the Pacers can’t win Thursday at home, they will go back to Cleveland to play game 4, with all odds against them.
By CJ Wittman
Monday night, the North Carolina Tar Heels won the NCAA Championship at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Head coach Roy Williams and the Heels captured title number six for UNC, the third with Williams as head coach. He joins the list of only 6 other coaches with 3 or more national championships. It also makes UNC the fourth team to win the title the season after finishing the runner up.
North Carolina controlled the paint most of the game, and outscored Gonzaga 40-18 down low. Down by three at halftime, the Tar Heels picked it up in the second and outscored Gonzaga by 9 points. When the buzzer went off, UNC was on top, 71-65. Joel Berry II was clearly the MVP, as he outscored all players with 22 points, and lead his team to the title. He either scored, or assisted 34 of UNC’s 71 points.
Gonzaga finished the season runner up, with a record of 37-2, but their was only one champ. Finishing with a 33-7 record, the UNC Tar Heels became the 2017 national champs.
By CJ Wittman
The Salisbury boys baseball team hosted Notre Dame-Green Pond Wednesday, with hopes of upsetting each others’ run. Notre Dame came into the game 3-0 on the season, while the Falcons stood at 2-0, so both teams wanted to stay undefeated. Taylor Linn pitched the first 3 innings as Notre Dame racked up 5 runs. Salisbury’s bats were unable to get going, which allowed the Crusaders to pull away early.
After 3 innings Salisbury pulled Linn from pitcher and put in Andrew Sukanic. Still, the Crusaders continued to hit the ball and pull in runs. Lucas Irwin, Collin Wagner, and Peter Foresteri all hit the ball for Salisbury, but had no chance to make it around the bases. Notre Dame continued to score and Salisbury’s offense struggled to make contact and score. After 7 innings, the final score stood at 10-0, Crusaders. The defeat only puts the Falcons at 2-1, which means that they’re still in good shape for rest of the season.
By Alex Glenn
On Thursday March 30th, Salisbury Boys Baseball faced off against former league champions, Bangor. The falcons knew going in that they would have their work cut out for them.
The first inning would prove to be unsuccessful for both teams as Bangor and Salisbury didn’t score a single run. The defense on both sides were equally as challenging since the top Bangor pitcher, Landon Labar, was on the mound. Salisbury, however, had a weapon of their own since all star pitcher Andrew Sukanick was pitching for salisbury.
The second inning brought the first signs of action to the game as Salisbury scored two runs. This small victory for Salisbury wouldn’t go unnoticed by Bangor, since they answered right back by tying the game with 2 runs a piece.
The 3rd inning would be just as similar to the 2nd, as Salisbury scored 2 more runs matched by Bangor scoring 2 runs of their own. This took us into a long stalemate which occurred between innings 4 and 6, keeping the score 4-4.
The 6th inning proved to be the tipping of the scales for the falcons, as they scored 4 runs breaking the stalemate that had occurred. This time however, the Salisbury defense proved to be too much for the slaters to handle as they were unable to score a single run in the bottom of the 6th. Salisbury managed to hold off Bangor for the 7th and final inning, making the game’s final score being 8-4 Salisbury.